BeKind UNM Initiative Pays it Forward to APD

March 22, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro

Teddy BearMembers of the BeKind UNM committee will deliver teddy bears and other toys to Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden and area commanders on Friday, March 25 at 9 a.m. in front of the police station on 4th and Marquette.

The teddy bears and other toys were collected during the BeKind UNM celebration, which was held on The University of New Mexico campus at the beginning of February.  All tolled, over 300 bears and other toys were donated to benefit both APD and the UNM Children’s Hospital. 

Several police commanders will also be on hand at the meeting to fill up their cars with the teddy bears before they leave for their respective areas of the city.  The bears will be kept in APD patrol cars to be given to children in traumatic situations to help ease some of the stress.

  “The teddy bear drive is a great way to give back to the community through kindness,” says Dr. Kim Kloeppel, chief operations officer, UNM Division of Student Affairs, and BeKind UNM committee chair.  “We are hoping that these bears will help spread kindness throughout our city and serve as a reminder of how easy it is to be kind to one another.”

The UNM Division of Student Affairs in conjunction with several UNM departments, Albuquerque businesses, and community groups sponsors the UNM BeKind celebration and other kindness initiatives.  For more information please visit the BeKindUNM webpage or call 505-277-0952.